The latest generation of Apple phones is an evolution of previous versions, with technological advances that try to increase the autonomy of the devices.
Apple presented Tuesday its new iPhones. The 13 were described by the company’s president, Tim Cook, as “the best smartphones we’ve ever made”, but its biggest news is the promise of greater autonomy: between an hour and a half and 2.5 hours compared to its predecessors.
For the rest, it is a natural evolution compared to the iPhone 12. There was nothing truly revolutionary at the Apple event that took place via streaming from California. There wasn’t even a “one more thing” moment, which the historic Steve Jobs had accustomed his fans, in which he showed a prototype or took something like an… iPhone out of his pocket.
One phone, four flavors
Even in the possible variants, the 13 doesn’t change compared to the 12: the iPhone continues to be available in the “regular” versions, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max.
Prices for Portugal start at 830 euros for the mini, 930 for the normal, 1180 for the 13 Pro, and 1280 for the Pro Max.
On the outside, the design doesn’t differ much from the 12 — again, Apple doesn’t risk changing the look of its flagship product. They simply added new colors — four on the 13 and a new one (Sierra Blue) on the Pro.
Performance is improved by using the new A15 processor which, according to Apple, is much more efficient. It’s also supposedly much faster but, as always in these presentations, no hard data is given, just phrases like “it’s 50% faster than the fastest top phone in the competition” are announced (said by Hope Giles, director of iPhone technology), which means nothing.
What will be possible to measure, at least with use, are the mentioned improvements in autonomy: More 2.5 hours than the iPhone 12; 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Mini in the case of the regular iPhone; 1.5 hours more than the iPhone 12 Pro, 2.5 hours more than the iPhone 12 Max, in the case of the iPhone Pro.
This is achieved, it is revealed, through better management of the connection to 5G channels – when the phone does not need as much bandwidth, automatically switches off its antennas and transmitters of those frequencies.
In the case of Pro, there is yet another new technology, which Apple called Pro Motion: The screen refresh automatically increases or decreases depending on the image to be shown. Thus, if it is a video with a lot of movement, the display refreshes up to 120 times per second (120hz). If it is a still image, this value goes down to 10hz.
This allows you to reduce battery consumption but also reduce screen flicker when viewing photos.
On the 13, but especially on the Pro, the camera continues to be one of the most announced advantages of Apple for its devices.
Kayenne Drance, the iPhone’s product director, even guaranteed: the camera has “the biggest sensor we’ve ever put” in a phone, which allows you to capture photos in less light than was previously possible.
In addition, all phones now include a Cinematic Mode, which automatically centers the focus on the subjects to be videotaped to make it easy to create “film-style” videos.
As for the cameras of the Pro models, it should be noted that the evolution introduced here meant that a 77mm lens was included for telephoto, 3x optical zoom, and an improvement of 92% for photos in reduced light is announced.
In addition, the “night mode” system works for all three lenses (finally) and MACRO is included in the ultrawide lens.
For the rest, the iPhones are still made of aluminum and waterproof, like the previous ones.
All expected improvements — even for those who hadn’t read the various rumors in the meantime coming out in the specialized press — in a line of devices that Apple remains very reluctant to make any fundamental changes.
Apple Watch and iPads
In addition to phones, Tuesday’s presentation also served to show the world the new Apple Watch and refreshment in the iPad line.
The Apple Watch 7 — which will be “available in the fall” in Portugal and has no estimated price yet — now has a larger screen (with margins of just 1.7mm) which will naturally facilitate writing and reading.
The iPad Mini is slightly redesigned (8.3-inch screen) but even more prominent is the fact that it is now compatible with the second generation of Apple Pencil and now has support, in-camera, for the Center Stage — until now only available in Pro — a motion tracking service that automatically tracks the user during videos or video calls. Price from 570 euros.
The iPad is pretty much the same. It does, however, take a new A13 processor that is advertised to be “30% faster” than the previous one.